Mack Brown is making it clear he knows what his rivals are saying about him and his Longhorns, and he's got an answer for the negative recruiting his program is up against.
Jake Oliver holds a number of state receiving records, but has been overlooked in his recruiting. The Longhorns WR commit is ready to show what he can do.
Texas commit and late bloomer Rami Hammad has come a long way in a short time. The offensive tackle showed he's worthy of being a dominant blocker at the college level.
While Mack Brown isn't permitted to say much of anything to those 2014 prospects, his mere presence sent a message: Texas will be as aggressive a player as ever come February when it's time to start hosting junior days.
The Longhorns' four early enrollees will benefit from the head start they'll get this spring, and that leg up more importantly should benefit the team, as a whole, even more.
Texas recruiting in 2012 played out a lot like usual. Nearly every commit was in the bag by the end of the summer. Not much has changed since then. But now comes the furious flurry, the final push.
Recruiting junior college players is no longer a get-rich-quick way of program-building, and the Longhorns could benefit from pursuing more juco players.
Erik Huhn was a surprise commitment during Texas' first camp. He has his brother to thank for helping him get there.
Hawaii? Dodge City, Kan.? Orlando? Not exactly where you normally find Texas recruiters, but the Longhorns coaches are racking up flier miles while changing their out-of-state approach.
With Mack Brown almost doing away with redshirting, the soon-to-be Longhorns are learning they need to be ready when they arrive on the 40 Acres.
When Thursday ended, Durham Smythe was a Longhorn. The Watch List tight end went through a whirlwind to make his decision.
For elite junior prospects, the invitation to Texas' junior day is a golden ticket. To those who come, the trip comes with a very big question at the end.
Numbers will dictate that Texas bring in a smaller 2013 class, so the Longhorns will focus on needs, one of which is tight end.